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ACCESSCBC 2.0 For Deaf and disabled creators

AccessCBC is a national CBC initiative for Deaf and disabled creators that will provide training, mentorship, and, on select projects, financing support to create scripted, unscripted, and kids screen-based content.
} 11:59 pm
One-time
Online
$10,000-$12,000

The deadline for submission is on March 15th, 2024 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time for both streams. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-April 2024.

 

Recognizing the barriers that Deaf and disabled creators face across the screen industry and understanding the importance of taking action to ensure that our industry is more accessible and inclusive.

This program’s understanding of disability embraces the definition which is inclusive of visible and invisible disabilities, permanent, temporary, or episodic in nature as defined by The Accessible Canada Act:

Barrier
means anything—including anything physical, architectural, technological or attitudinal, anything that is based on information or communications or anything that is the result of a policy or a practice—that hinders the full and equal participation in society of persons with an impairment, including a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication or sensory impairment or a functional limitation.”

Disability
means any impairment, including a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication or sensory impairment—or a functional limitation—whether permanent, temporary or episodic in nature, or evident or not, that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders a person’s full and equal participation in society.”

For more information on the individual programs, eligibility, and submission requirements, please find details on the Scripted Stream and KIDS Stream below.

 

SCRIPTED (DRAMA AND COMEDY) STREAM

 

THE PROGRAM

 

Audio Version for Scripted Program

This Scripted Stream includes an allocated stipend for a pre-development phase as well as mentorship for Deaf and disabled creators. CBC executives will work closely with creative teams to provide a unique opportunity to be coached, and gain feedback on their concepts, and leave with practical experience.

 

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

 

  • Any strong comedy or drama series concept (either half-hour comedy or hour-long drama) that aligns with the current commissioning needs of the CBC Scripted Team.
  • The series concept may or may not focus on disability narratives.
  • Any team consisting of at least one (1) producer and one (1) writer may apply as long as they satisfy the eligibility criteria.

ELIGIBILITY

 

AccessCBC is open to creatives who are:

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Deaf and/or disabled

*Note: Both producer and writer must self-identify as Deaf and/or disabled

  • Not currently employed by the CBC
  • The producer must have experience working in their field with at least two (2) credits as producer, director, or writer of screen-based content such as feature film, short film, or web-based series

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Bio: A short paragraph that tells us about each member of the team and details previous work experience. CVs, reels, or other supplementary creative materials are welcome but not mandatory.

Creative Proposal: Material that includes a project logline, synopsis, characters, and any other key details that you would like to share about the project. To learn more about writing a project logline and synopsis, check out this resource.

Submission release: This is included in the application form and is necessary for CBC to review your submission.

 

You must satisfy all application requirements to be considered for this program. There is no fee to apply. You may submit a maximum of one project.

 

COMMITMENT

 

All participants will participate in 3-5 creative sessions with CBC executives as well as curated learning sessions between April to November 2024. Scheduled sessions will be arranged in consultation with the selected participants. All sessions will take place over Zoom or an equivalent virtual platform (e.g. Google Meets).

CBC will choose up to four (4) teams that will receive up to $12,000 for their involvement in the program and their creation of a pitch package. This amount may go towards writing, research, and/or creating a more detailed proposal, etc. Final deliverables will be confirmed between the participants and the CBC executives.

 

ACCESSIBILITY

 

CBC is committed to accessibility. Please let us know what we can do to make this program accessible to you in your application (e.g. closed captioning, ASL interpretation, alt formats, and more). If you have accessibility needs, face accessibility barriers, require accommodations, or would like to request an alternative process or format to complete and submit the application, please contact Sarah Duda, Content Accessibility Lead, general.accesscbc@gmail.com immediately. Please also let us know in your application if you require accommodations to meaningfully participate in the creative sessions or any aspect of the program should you be selected as a successful applicant. We are committed to working with you to ensure that the program and its various components are accessible and inclusive.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

How to Apply: Applicants may apply online via Google Form here. Alternatively, applicants may also email their application to general.accesscbc@gmail.com in written, spoken, or signed formats. Any questions regarding this program may also be directed to the above email address.

Submission Form + Release Form (PDF Version)


KIDS (ANIMATED OR LIVE-ACTION)

 

THE PROGRAM

 

Audio Version for KIDS Program

This KIDS Stream includes an allocated stipend for a pre-development phase as well as mentorship for Deaf and disabled creators. CBC executives will work closely with creative teams or individuals to provide a unique opportunity to be coached, and gain feedback on their concepts, and leave with practical experience.

 

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

 

  • We’re looking for short-form series (11 minutes and under), either animated or live-action that would work well for CBC Kids’ Morning Block, our kids offering on CBC GEM or YouTube.
  • Our current focus is on kids ages 4-6 years old, but we would consider digital shorts for kids ages 6-10 years old.
  • We’re looking for fresh, funny, and inspiring characters and worlds that modern kids and families will love and relate to.
  • We’re open to all genres and are also interested in arts and crafts, science, and sports
  • The series concept may or may not focus on disability narratives.
  • Any individual or team (teams consisting of at least one (1) producer and one (1) writer), may apply as long as they satisfy the eligibility criteria.

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

AccessCBC is open to creatives who are:

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Deaf and/or disabled

*Note: For Teams – Both producer and writer must self-identify as Deaf and/or disabled

  • Not currently employed by the CBC
  • For teams: the producer must have experience working in their field with at least two (2) credits as a producer, director, or writer of screen-based content such as animation, live-action or web-based series

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Bio: A short paragraph that tells us about each member of your team and details previous work experience. CVs, reels or other supplementary creative materials are welcomed but not mandatory.

Creative proposal: Material that includes a project logline, synopsis, characters, and any other key details that you would like to share about the project.

Submission release: This is included in the application form and is necessary for CBC to review your submission.

You must satisfy all application requirements to be considered for this program. There is no fee to apply. You may submit a maximum of one project.

 

COMMITMENT

 

All participants will participate in 3-5 creative sessions with CBC executives as well as curated learning sessions between April and November 2024. Scheduled sessions will be arranged in consultation with the selected participants. All sessions will take place over Zoom or an equivalent virtual platform (e.g. Google Meets).

CBC will choose up to five individual participants and/or teams that will receive a stipend amount of up to $10,000 for their involvement in the program and their creation of a pitch package. This amount may go towards writing, research, and/or creating a more detailed proposal, etc. Final deliverables will be confirmed between the participants and the CBC executives.

 

ACCESSIBILITY

 

CBC is committed to accessibility. Please let us know what we can do to make this program accessible to you in your application (e.g. closed captioning, ASL interpretation, alt formats, and more). If you have accessibility needs, face accessibility barriers, require accommodations, or would like to request an alternative process or format to complete and submit the application, please contact Sarah Duda, Content Accessibility Lead, general.accesscbc@gmail.com immediately. Please also let us know in your application if you require accommodations to meaningfully participate in the creative sessions or any aspect of the program should you be selected as a successful applicant. We are committed to working with you to ensure that the program and its various components are accessible and inclusive.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

How to Apply: Applicants may apply online via Google Form here. Alternatively, applicants may also email their application to general.accesscbc@gmail.com in written, spoken, or signed formats. Any questions regarding this program may also be directed to this email address.

Submission Form + Release Form (PDF Version)

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